The Wedding at Cana

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Scripture: John 2: 1 – 11 or pages 366-367 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to John 2 or page 366 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

John 2:1-11

  • What event were Jesus, Mary, and the disciples at in Cana?  a wedding
  • What problem did Mary bring to Jesus? “They have no wine.”
  • How did Jesus answer her? “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
  • What do you think Jesus meant by that? His public ministry had not begun yet.
  • What did Mary tell the servants? “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
  • What did Jesus tell the servants to do?  Fill the 6 large waterpots with water.
  • How much water did each pot hold? 20 or 30 gallons each (Help the children visualize this amount.  Show them a gallon milk container and explain that 20 or 30 of them would fit in one pot. Or tell them that that would be enough water to fill a bathtub.)
  • After they filled the pots, what did Jesus tell them to do?  to draw some out and give it to the master of the feast (Maybe that would be like the caterer.)
  • Did he like the water?  Yes!  It wasn’t water anymore. It was wine! And he said to the groom, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
  • Why do you think that Jesus did the miracle even if he said that his time had not yet come?  He cared about the wedding couple.
  • Do you think that you can come to Jesus with your problems? Yes.
  • What if the servants had not followed Mary’s advice to do whatever Jesus said to do? They wouldn’t have had any more wine.  They would have missed out on a miracle.
  • Do you think that you should do whatever Jesus tells you to do? Yes.
  • What might happen if you don’t do what He tells you? We might miss out on a miracle or a blessing.
  • What did the disciples think when they saw what had happened?  It caused them to believe in Him.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for meeting the needs of the couple and for meeting our needs every day.  And help us to always listen and do whatever you tell us to do…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 2: 11b  “He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.” 

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  from Ministry to Children, Color page #2   from sermons4kids, Color page #3  from Sermons4kids, Color page #4  from Bible Kids. An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share a video of this story:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3  (Start at 6:42)

Video #4  (for the teacher)

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum .

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This is a cute craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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This is another great craft from Bible Songs and More.

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Have the children make the book “Jesus Goes to a Wedding” from Lambsong . (Scroll down)

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Younger children will enjoy this craft from A Mommy’s Adventures.

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Share this object lesson from Sunday Children’s Focus. Or share this sermon from Sermons4kids  Don’t forget the links at the bottom of the page!

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Play the Wedding at Cana file folder game from the Catholic Blogger. When I do a file folder game in the classroom, I make enough file folders for two children to share each folder. That way everyone can see and reach the board easily. I also give each pair a dice. This keeps the game moving along quickly. Kids love these games and are quick to learn the details of the story when they play them. Have a prize for the winner, but also a prize for each contestant when playing with younger children.

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Here are some other good lessons. One from Mission Bible Class. This one  is from Mission Arlington And here is another very nice lesson from Church of God. This lesson from South Florida Church has some great game ideas.

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Sing “The Miracle Song” by the Donut Man.  Or sing “Jesus Can” by Mary Rice Hopkins. Get them both at itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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The Wedding at Cana Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana from John 2: 1-11.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

John 2: 11b  “He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.” John 2:11 NIV

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Watch a video of this story with your child. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VacBPLvM2y0

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Teach your child the songs “The Miracle Song” by the Donut Man, or “Jesus Can” by Mary Rice Hopkins. Get them both at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-wedding-at-cana/

David and Bathsheba

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1 – 3 and 14 – 27, 2 Samuel 12:1 – 14, or pages 254 – 255 in the The Golden Children’s Bible

Note to the teacher:  This is a difficult lesson to teach due to it’s frankness about David’s adultery with Bathsheba.  For younger children focus on Nathan’s story about the rich and poor men and their sheep.  I acted it out with clothespin people and cotton balls for sheep.

Marilynn Ross talks about teaching children this difficult story and has a wonderful paraphrase here.

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to II Samuel 11 or page 254 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where were the king’s men and the Israelite army in the Spring? Off to war with the Ammonites.
  • Where was David? In Jerusalem.
  • Do you think it was unusual that he would be at the palace instead of with his army?
  • Who did David see from the roof of his palace? A beautiful woman named Bathsheba.
  • Who was Bathsheba married to? Uriah the Hittite
  • Did David care that Bathsheba was married? No. He sent for her anyway and had a love affair with her.
  • What did David instruct Joab to do?  To put Uriah in the front line where the fighting was the fiercest so that he would be killed in battle.
  • Did that happen? Yes, Uriah was killed.
  • How did David react to the news of Uriah’s death? He told Joab not to be upset. “the sword devours one as well as another.”  He thought that he wasn’t really responsible because Uriah was killed in battle – just like any other soldier.
  • But, was David really responsible?  Yes.  He had put Uriah in the front line.
  • How did Uriah’s wife react to his death?  She was very sad and mourned for him.
  • What happened to Bathsheba after that?  She married King David and they had a son.
  • Was God pleased or displeased with David? Displeased.
  • How did God help David to realize his sin? He sent Nathan to him to tell him a story.
  • The story was about a rich man and a poor man.  How many sheep did the rich man have? a large number
  • How many sheep did the poor man have? One lamb that had become part of his family.
  • When a traveler came to visit the rich man what did he feed him?  The poor man’s sheep!
  • Have you ever been selfish like that rich man?  Maybe you ate all of the cookies before your brother or sister could have any.  Or maybe you insisted that everyone had to play the game you wanted to play and wouldn’t play what everyone else wanted to play… Can you think of some other examples of selfishness?
  • Did David think that it was fair that the rich man took the poor man’s sheep? No.
  • What punishment did he think that the rich man should have?  Death. He should repay the poor man 4 times over.
  • Who did Nathan say that the rich man was?  David. God had given him the throne and many riches and whichever wife he wanted, but David had taken the life of Uriah so that he could have his wife.
  • What did he say would happen to David’s family? There would always be fighting in his family
  • What did David say about this? “I have sinned against the Lord.”
  • Are you surprised that David, a man after God’s own heart, would do such a thing?
  • Everybody sins.  Even our parents sin and our pastor sins sometimes – just like we do. Nobody but Jesus is perfect.  But, if we are sorry for our sins and ask for forgiveness, He will forgive us. 
  • Did God forgive David?  Yes.
  • Why do you think God forgave David – but not Saul?  Saul wasn’t sorry and didn’t change his ways. He just made excuses for himself.  But, David was sorry and asked God to give him a clean heart.
  • Will God forgive you for your sins?  Yes, if we confess that we have sinned.
  • God forgave David, but was there still a consequence for his sin?  Yes.  His son would die. Our own sins have consequences, too. It’s better not to sin in the first place, isn’t it.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to forgive us for our sins and to give us clean hearts…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Psalm 51:10 (KJV) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1  from What’s in the Bible? (Scroll down.) An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Video #1   (for 5-6th grade children)

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the great activities at the bottom of the page!

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Ministry to Children has a good lesson for this story.

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Here are some great object lessons:

#1 – “Sin Revealed” from Kids Sunday School Place

#2 – “Don’t Sin” from Kids Sunday School Place

#3 – “God’s Special Flashlight” from e-how

#4 – “A Heart For Jesus” from Kids Sunday School Place

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This lesson from Mission Bible Class has a paraphrase of the story and some activities below.

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Have the children fill in this word search from squidoo   or this worksheet.

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Here are some great activity ideas from ehow.com

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Play the “Throw Away Your Sins” game from Kids Sunday School Place

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Have the children make a big book from Lambsongs called “How to Get to Heaven” . (Scroll down)

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Sing “D to the A”   by Crossroads Kids Club.

or “Create In Me a Clean Heart”   or this version.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail or hard copy Parents’ Page.

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David and Bathsheba Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11:1 – 3 and 14 – 27, 2 Samuel 12:1 – 14.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Psalm 51:10 (KJV) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

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Sing “D to the A” http://crossroadskidsclub.net/portfolio/music-video-david-d-to-the-a/  by Crossroads Kids Club.

or “Create In Me a Clean Heart” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFlgIk7CXbs

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Read the story “The Broken Window” from Keys for Kids http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1942

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Have a family movie night and watch the Veggie Tales video “King George and the Ducky”

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/david-and-bathsheba/

Solomon Asks For Wisdom

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Scripture: 1 Kings 3 or pages 262 – 264 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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If you could have any wish come true, what would you ask for?  (Let the children each have a chance to tell you what they would ask for.)

In today’s lesson there was a king who had the chance to have whatever wish he wanted to be granted.  What do you think that he asked for?  Let’s read the story and find out…

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Kings 3 or page 262 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Who became the king of Israel after David?  Solomon, David’s son.
  • What did God say to Solomon in a dream?  He told him to ask Him for whatever he wanted.
  • What could he have asked for? Long life, riches, death of his enemies, etc.
  • What would you have asked for?
  • What did Solomon ask for? An understanding heart so that he could be a good judge for the people.
  • Did God like his answer?  Yes.  God was very pleased.
  • Why do you think that would please God?  Because it was a very unselfish thing to ask.  He was not concerned about himself.  He was concerned about the people.  A good leader is a servant of the people.
  • Did God give him wisdom?  Yes. He made him a very wise king.
  • What else did God give him?  Riches and honor.  And he promised him a long life if he obeyed God’s commands.
  • How did Solomon thank the Lord?  He offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
  • What were the two women fighting over?  A baby.  They both claimed to be the mother.
  • How did King Solomon discover which one was the true mother? He was going to have the child divided in half with a sword.  The real mother then offered the other woman the child in order to spare his life.
  • After that, the word spread to all of the nations around Israel about how wise he was.
  • Do you think that you need to be wise?
  • How should you get wisdom?  Ask God for it.
  • What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?  You might know a lot of facts.  That is knowledge. But wisdom is using knowledge to help others and serve the Lord.
  • Can you think of another wise King in the Bible?  Jesus!  He loves us and always knows what is best for us.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to make us wise, and let’s thank him for giving us Jesus, the perfect King, who always knows what is best for us…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.  Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  from Bible Kids

Color page #2 from edupics

Color page #3  from What’s in the Bible?

Color page #4

Color page #5  from Calvary Williamsport

Color page #6  This is also a hidden picture puzzle.

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show the children a video of this story:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4

Video #5  (song)

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Share this cute children’s sermon from Sermons4kids.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets  or these  from Calvary Curriculum.

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Older children will enjoy this crossword Puzzle from kidsclub4jesus, or this one from the garden of praise.  And here is a word search from the garden of praise.

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Younger children will enjoy this lesson, puzzle and color page.  This lesson was published by the Church of God at God’s Acres. For a complete list of FREE Sunday school lessons, visit PrintableLessons.com.

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There are some good activity ideas in this lesson from children.cccm.com

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You might do a puppet skit.  Scroll down to Court BC.

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Sing The Wisdom Song.  

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Serve on of these cute owl snacks from Bargain Hoot!  Or serve these owl cupcakes from Disney.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail or hard copy Parents’ Page.

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Solomon Asks For Wisdom Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the Wisdom of Solomon from 1 Kings 3.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

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Watch this video together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyL7pzoj-cE

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This is a cute craft to do with your child at home. http://wellnurturedplantsandpillars.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/a-royal-craft/

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Read the story “Hidden Treasure” from Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1806

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Teach your child The Wisdom Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cQyWce1rWw 

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/solomon-asks-for-wisdom/

David and Goliath

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 17 or pages 230 – 235 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 17 or page 230 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What army were the Israelites at war with? the Philistines.
  • Describe Goliath. He was 9 feet tall, wore a bronze helmet and bronze armor, and carried a spear. (Show the children how tall 9 feet is.)
  • What were the terms of battle that Goliath proposed?  That one Israelite would fight him. If the Israelite killed him, the Philistines would be their servants.  But, if he killed the Israelite, they would become the Philistines servants. (Talk about how one man, Jesus, conquered sin for all of us.)
  • Did the Israelites bravely fight him? No. Nobody wanted to fight Goliath. They were afraid of him.
  • How many days did the Israelites and the Philistines face each other on opposite hills? 40
  • What was King Saul offering to the man who would fight and kill Goliath?  great wealth, freedom from taxes, his daughter’s hand in marriage.
  • How did David end up at the battle front?  His father sent him to take some food to his brothers.
  • Why did David think that he could defeat Goliath? Because he had killed a lion and a bear with God’s help. He knew that God would help him to defeat Goliath.
  • What giant sized challenges do you face?
  • Did you know that when you face challenges that you need to ask God’s help with, God is preparing you to be able to trust Him to help you face harder and bigger  challenges later? David had lots of practice with his slingshot as a shepherd that prepared him for the big battle with Goliath.
  • Do you think that God could use you to do something great – even if you are a kid?
  • Did David wear the king’s armor? No.  He wasn’t used to them.
  • What did David take to fight Goliath?  Five stones and a slingshot. Mostly he took is faith in God!
  • Did David defeat him?  Yes, he hit him in the forehead and Goliath fell face down. Then David was able to kill him.
  • What did the Philistines do when they saw that Goliath was dead?  They ran away!
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to make us as bold and brave as David, and to help us to always trust in the Lord to help us face our big and little problems…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 17: 45a “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  from funny coloring, Color page #2  from Bible Printables,  Color page #3   from Bible Printables, Color page #4   from What’s in the Bible? An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1 

Video #2

Video #3   

Video #4

Video #5

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children make this cute 3D Calendar picture of David and Goliath from My Little House. You could also use it to make a diorama.

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Here is a craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Make the booklet “David is Brave” from Lambsongs.  (Scroll Down)

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Read Corey’s Comments from Kids Talk About God.

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Have the children make a bag of stones like this one by sunday school crafts.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Younger children may enjoy this maze ,  or  word search from DLTK.

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Play the Pin the Stone on Goliath game from DLTK.

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If you have enough helpers, you could perform this skit from Teach Them.

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Sing “One Rock, One Shot” by Crossroads Kids Club. Or sing “Only a Boy Named David” 

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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David and Goliath Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 17: 45a “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.”

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Allow your child to do some on-line activities at the Garden of Praise. http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl14s.htm

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Pop some pop corn and have family movie night to watch the Veggie Tale “Dave and the Giant Pickle”

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Sing “One Rock, One Shot” by Crossroads Kids Club http://crossroadskidsclub.net/music/

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Read the story “Just a Kid” by Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=6785

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/david-and-goliath/

David is Anointed to be King

Samuel Anoints David I Samuel 16:13

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16 or pages 228 – 229 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 16 or page 228 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Samuel was sent to find the next King. Who’s family was he sent to?  Jesse.  (Remind them of the story of Ruth and Boaz.  Their son Obed was the father of Jesse.)
  • Who was the final King to come from Jesse’s line?  Jesus
  • Where did Jesse live? Bethlehem
  • Samuel went to Bethlehem with a heifer to sacrifice it to the Lord so that Saul wouldn’t know that he was looking for a new king. What do you think might have happened to him if Saul found out that he was anointing a new king? Saul might have had him imprisoned or killed.
  • What was Samuel’s criteria for choosing a king?  Tall and good looking.
  • What was God’s criteria for the next king?  A good heart.
  • Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”? What does that mean? You can’t tell if someone is a good or a bad person by their looks.
  • What should you be more concerned about – your hair and clothes or your character?  Your character.
  • What should you be more concerned about when you pick your friends – how they look or dress or their character? Their character.
  • How many of Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel that weren’t chosen? Seven.
  • Where was David?  Tending the sheep.
  • Why didn’t Jesse have him come before Samuel with the other brothers?  Because David was still a boy.  He didn’t think Samuel would want to see a boy.
  • But, who did God choose to be king? David!
  • Do you ever think that God might choose you to do something special for Him? (Let them ponder that for a few moments.)  He might if you have a heart for the Lord like David did.
  • Samuel anointed David with oil to show that he would be the next king, but David wouldn’t be king right away.  It would happen in God’s timing several years later.  
  • David was also a foreshadowing of Jesus – our perfect heavenly King.  How were David and Jesus like each other? David was a shepherd of sheep, and Jesus is our shepherd. Jesus came from David’s family and both were born in Bethlehem.  David was the king of Israel.  Jesus is the King of all.
  • What did God give David to help him be a good king? His Spirit
  • What happened to Saul? The Spirit of the Lord left him.
  • Saul would thereafter be troubled by an “injurious” spirit. So, what did his attendants suggest that he do?  Have someone come and play the harp for him.
  • Who did one of the servants suggest?  David.
  • Did David please Saul?  Yes.  He asked Jesse to let him stay there with him.
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to have a heart for God  like David did.  And let’s thank him for Jesus – our King and Saviour…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Color page #1   Color page #2 from What’s in the Bible. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4   (first part of movie)

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This is a very cute class activity from Teach Them.

(For the download of the heart X-Ray slides click on the “Lesson and Materials Downloads” link in the right column. Then scroll down to “God Chooses Me” for the three downloads there.)

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.   Or have them do a crossword puzzle from kidsclubs4jesus

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Younger children may enjoy this story and accompanying worksheet from Jesus Without Language

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You might open the class with this object lesson from sermons4kids

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This lesson from Ministry to Children has a great introductory story.

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Have the children make the booklet “Choosing a King” from Lambsongs.  (Scroll Down)

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Sing “Shepherd Boy” by Ray Boltz. You can get it at itunes.

 

“Shepherd Boy”  lyrics

One by one Jesse’s sons

Stood before the prophet

Their father knew a king

Would soon be found

And each one passed

Except the last

No one thought to call him

Surely he would never

Wear a crown

CHORUS:

But when others see a shepherd boy

God may see a king

Even though your life seems filled

With ordinary things

In just a moment He can touch you

And everything will change

When others see a shepherd boy

God may see a king

One by one problems come

And dreams get shattered

And sometimes it’s hard

To understand

But things like chance

And circumstance

They don’t really matter

Our Father holds tomorrow

In His hands

CHORUS

Well it wasn’t the oldest

It wasn’t the strongest

Chosen on that day

And yet the giants fell

And nations trembled

When they stood in his way

CHORUS

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how David was chosen to be king from 1 Samuel 16.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

 

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Sing the song “Shepherd Boy” with your child.

Shepherd Boy  

One by one Jesse’s sons

Stood before the prophet

Their father knew a king

Would soon be found

And each one passed

Except the last

No one thought to call him

Surely he would never

Wear a crown

CHORUS:

But when others see a shepherd boy

God may see a king

Even though your life seems filled

With ordinary things

In just a moment He can touch you

And everything will change

When others see a shepherd boy

God may see a king

One by one problems come

And dreams get shattered

And sometimes it’s hard

To understand

But things like chance

And circumstance

They don’t really matter

Our Father holds tomorrow

In His hands

CHORUS

Well it wasn’t the oldest

It wasn’t the strongest

Chosen on that day

And yet the giants fell

And nations trembled

When they stood in his way

CHORUS

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/david-is-anointed-to-be-king/